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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 892 ..

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, as the Chief Minister has indicated, I have already sought to amend the motion for the suspension of standing and temporary orders, but I seek leave now, if I require it, to speak to the motion.

Leave granted.

MR KAINE: I sought leave to add a couple of other standing order amendments because Mr Moore has provided the vehicle through which I can now move those amendments. They have been in my mind for some time and they do not have anything to do with the events of the last sitting day of this Assembly. Mr Moore, by seeking to amend the standing orders, has provided the vehicle by which I can now move these amendments. But I would much prefer that we not be debating Mr Moore's original motion at all. By definition, I am saying that I am not too fussed about having my amendments to his motion debated.

The reason I am not too fussed about whether his motion is debated is that I do not believe it is necessary. This place has operated very satisfactorily for nearly 12 years with a set of standing orders which provide you, Mr Speaker, with sanctions against members if you believe that they have offended. That has operated very effectively. We had never had this sort of punitive action raised in this place until the last sitting day when not you, Mr Speaker, but members of the government were offended, presumably, because nothing that has been said so far indicates that they are defending your position or your authority. All they are seeking to do is to amend the standing orders to defend their own position, not yours. I repeat that I do not believe-

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for the debate has expired.

Amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That Mr Moore's motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

	 Ayes 10  			Noes 7

 Mrs Burke  	Mr Moore  	Mr Berry  	Mr Stanhope
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Osborne  	Mr Corbell  	Mr Wood
 Mr Hird  	Mr Smyth  	Mr Hargreaves
 Mr Humphries  	Mr Stefaniak  	Mr Quinlan
 Mr Kaine  	Ms Tucker  	Mr Rugendyke

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

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